CASE COMMENTS: STATE AIDS – REMOTE AND LESS URBANISED AREAS – TECHNOLOGICAL NEUTRALITY

Digital terrestrial television network: The General Court of the European Union confirms the Commission’s decision qualifying as State aid incompatible with the internal market the financing granted to operators for the deployment, maintenance and operation of the digital terrestrial television network (Espagne, Comunidades Autónomas del País Vasco et Itelazpi, de Galicia, de Cataluña et CTTI, Navarra de Servicios y Tecnologías, Abertis Telecom et Retevisión I)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Because of the advantages of digital broadcasting over analogue broadcasting, in terms of quality and service, the switchover to digital broadcasting was encouraged by the Commission as early as 2002 and gradually implemented by Member States. It is in this context that the Spanish authorities adopted measures between 2005 and 2009 to allow such a technological transition. The objective was to achieve 98% coverage of the population by digital terrestrial television (DTT) service. To this end, the Spanish territory was divided into three areas. The present case concerns only zone II, which includes less urbanised areas representing 2.5% of the

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Raphaël Vuitton, Digital terrestrial television network: The General Court of the European Union confirms the Commission’s decision qualifying as State aid incompatible with the internal market the financing granted to operators for the deployment, maintenance and operation of the digital terrestrial television network (Espagne, Comunidades Autónomas del País Vasco et Itelazpi, de Galicia, de Cataluña et CTTI, Navarra de Servicios y Tecnologías, Abertis Telecom et Retevisión I), 26 November 2015, Concurrences N° 1-2016, Art. N° 77914, pp. 168-172

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